Tape

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Overview

Ethan Hawke stars in director Richard Linklater's Tape. Lion's Gate has done a passable job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (originally shot on digital video). The image looks good sporting bright colors and dark black levels, though some softness creeps into the image along with a tad bit of grain and edge enhancement (due mostly to the limitations of digital video). Overall this is a decent transfer to a very low-budget film. The soundtrack is presented in a serviceable Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo ...
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Overview

Ethan Hawke stars in director Richard Linklater's Tape. Lion's Gate has done a passable job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer (originally shot on digital video). The image looks good sporting bright colors and dark black levels, though some softness creeps into the image along with a tad bit of grain and edge enhancement (due mostly to the limitations of digital video). Overall this is a decent transfer to a very low-budget film. The soundtrack is presented in a serviceable Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtrack in English. Since Tape is a dialogue heavy movie, it's not surprising to find this track to be void of any true directional effects. While the mix isn't very impressive, overall it's free of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The DVD for Tape features a couple of supplements, including a very informative and droll commentary track by director Linklater and star Hawke, as well as a theatrical trailer for the film.
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Special Features

Audio commentary; trailer.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you think it would be a challenge to squeeze a movie's worth of drama from one room and three people, take a gander at Tape,, one of the year’s most intriguing and absorbing independent films. The setting is simple and the cast small, but there’s no end of unresolved conflicts to be dealt with in two brief hours. Ethan Hawke plays Vince, a low-level drug dealer who uses his part-time job as a volunteer firefighter to convince himself that he hasn’t wasted his life. Ten years after graduating high school, he’s reunited with John Robert Sean Leonard, an independent filmmaker and unregenerate poseur who just might have raped their fellow classmate, Amy Uma Thurman, for whom Vince has carried a torch lo these many years. She joins the men in the hotel room, which becomes the scene of some startling revelations. Sharp dialogue, peripatetic camera work, and keen performances make Tape the edgiest movie directed by Richard Linklater Dazed and Confused, whose previous films haven’t been nearly as disturbing or emotionally complex as this one. Tape’s claustrophobic setting contributes to the suspense; the three characters reveal themselves a little at a time, and suspense mounts like steam building up in a pressure cooker. This is lean, muscular filmmaking, stripped almost to the bone and packing a real wallop.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Of the two 2001 releases churned out as director Richard Linklater became drunk on the possibilities of digital video, Tape is by far the more unassuming -- filmed plays are sort of a staple for maverick directors -- but the movie's use of inexpensive technology to bring resolutely uncommercial material to the big screen is in many ways as exciting as Waking Life's revolutionary rotoscoped animation. (Both films appeared at the 2001 Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals before their fall theatrical releases.) Stephen Belber's one-act source material may, at first, have the air of a hot-button graduate thesis project committed to film, but Linklater and his trio of performers find ways of envigorating the material without resorting to actorly grandstanding and trumped-up technique. As the script invites the audience's loyalty to shift from person to person, Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and Uma Thurman all manage to generate some degree of sympathy even as the plot rightfully keeps them at arm's length; they're all identifiable human beings, thanks to Linklater's deft, improvisational method. The director at times seems a little too enamored with his newfound ability to over-shoot a scene -- the quick cutting, multiple angles, and whip pans grow a little tiring towards the end. Still, by lending Tape a vitality and athleticism it might not have had on celluloid, Linklater's use of digital video proves to be not just a financial necessity but an artistic one.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
To describe the movie makes it sound like an exercise in artifice: three characters, one motel room, all talk, based on a stage play. But the writing, acting and direction are so convincing that at some point I stopped thinking about the constraints and started thinking about the movie's freedoms....

1/2
To describe the movie makes it sound like an exercise in artifice: three characters, one motel room, all talk, based on a stage play. But the writing, acting and direction are so convincing that at some point I stopped thinking about the constraints and started thinking about the movie's freedoms....
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • UPC: 031398799825
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,217

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ethan Hawke Vince
Robert Sean Leonard Johnny
Uma Thurman Amy
Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director
Sandra Adair Editor
Maryse Alberti Cinematographer
Alexis Alexanian Producer
Stephen Beatrice Production Designer
Stephen Belber Screenwriter
Robert Cole Co-producer
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Anne Walker-McBay Producer
Gary Winick Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Fitness [3:05]
2. Not a Dick [4:26]
3. Playing Rough [3:50]
4. Fine Here [2:06]
5. Mature Man [3:39]
6. Figuratively [3:04]
7. P-A-R-T-Y [4:09]
8. Amy [2:37]
9. Morally Questionable [3:36]
10. Pivotal [2:59]
11. Admit It [3:29]
12. The Real You [3:07]
13. Totally Psyched [4:26]
14. Taking It Out [4:16]
15. Sit Down [4:08]
16. Sentimental [4:11]
17. Stupid Crush [4:05]
18. Gotta Go [4:01]
19. Apology [3:09]
20. Describe It [3:49]
21. Sorry [4:02]
22. Dispatch [3:23]
23. Decisions [4:12]
24. End Credits [2:12]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selections
   Set Up
      Commentary With Richard Linklater & Ethan Hawke: On
      Commentary With Richard Linklater & Ethan Hawke: Off
      Subtitles: English Subtitle
      Subtitles: Spanish Subtitle
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A slow burner

    This movie didnt have my attention until the last 30 minutes but those last 30 minutes were one of the best 30 minutes i have seen in a loong time. it even made me wanna watch it again and actually pay attention

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    innovative and excellent

    Tape's innovative and creative filming techniques give the viewer a unique perspective on the different ways that three people can perceive the same event. Who knew so much could be accomplished with three people, a motel room, and a digital camcorder?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting Movie

    Great acting! I recmnd this to ne1 eho likes a great story.

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